Rhetorical situation


John F. Kennedy delivered his Inaugural Address when he became the 35th president of the United States, in 1961, following Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom he mentions at the beginning of his speech (l. 2). 

Although he is a Democrat, Kennedy makes sure to let the audience know that his victory is not only a Democratic victory: “We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom” (ll. 6-7). This way, he portrays himself as the president of the US, not only as a Democrat president. 

Throughout the speech, Kennedy associates himself with the American citizens through the use of “we”: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, o...

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